In my last post I told you about my woes with meeting my deadline (October 1st!) for Stella Adler’s biography. Since then I was informed that I would need permission from all the books I quoted from if I used over 250 words total from each book, all the articles I quoted from if I used over 100 words or 10% of the article, and any unpublished material I quoted from, which makes up the majority of my research.
So, I’ve been spending the last three weeks counting words. Yep, I’ve been counting words and going through my files to find the places where I obtained the original unpublished material so I can ask permission to use it in the book. Yep, I haven’t been editing the book. That’s a lie. I’m using my meager advance to pay an assistant to help so I can work on the book when I’m not tracking down sources, but still!
In the mean time, I reconnected with a former contributor to SALIA (this blog), Scott Crane whose father, Bob Crane, best known as Col Hogan in television’s Hogan Heroes, studied with Stella. More importantly, he hosted a rarely seen broadcast called “Stella Adler and the Actor,” a video excerpt of which I will be posting shortly.
My husband designed a new business card for me with a photograph of Stella (the one at the top of this post) I’ve gotten permission to use on the book cover (if the publisher agrees! The publisher also has final say of the title of the book I wrote.)
I’ve also had a photo taken of me for the back of the book.
52 days left till October 1st. I’ll continue to keep you updated. Wish me luck.